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It's time to heal the wounds of political discord

In these last few months, many people in our Catholic community have experienced the pain of having personal and professional relationships strained and even torn apart by angry political discord. A friend of mine recently confided that she blocked many of her parish friends on Facebook because the...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Journeys begin with questions

Journeys begin with questions Every journey of discovery begins with a question.   What if the world is not flat?  Where does life begin?  How does life begin?  What is beyond a star?  What is at the depths of the ocean?  Questions have led people to explore the complexities of the universe, t...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hallmark movies: Lessons for a fuller life

Hallmark movies: Lessons for a fuller life Ok, I will admit it; I am a Hallmark movie watcher. Many of you probably are too – but would never admit it for fear of being seen as sappy or too sentimental.  Well at Mass on New Year’s Day, a fellow Hallmark watcher stepped into the light, and I was delighted. Yes, Father fesse...
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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Come a little closer

This past fall my husband and I, and a friend, took a vacation to Philadelphia. It was our first time visiting this historic city. I will admit I prefer to stay close to home most of the time; so visiting a new, unfamiliar place always gives me a bit of anxiety, especially if it is a big city. Usua...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Children are gifts from the Lord

“Certainly sons are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward” (Psalm 127:3, NABRE)   Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated in our Diocese from Jan. 29 through Feb 4.  I was very blessed to have attended eight years of Catholic school in my small hometown.  ...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Finding an epiphany … with icing

An “epiphany” is a revealing moment that changes our perception. I have always loved the Feast of the Epiphany.  When I think of the visitors kneeling before the Christ child with their gifts, I recall my own personal epiphanies – those times in my life when I was compelled t...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Make the world a better place

A few weeks ago my 7-year-old grandson was sick and had to miss a couple of days of school. By the time day two rolled around he was beginning to feel a little better and decided he needed a “to do” list. His mom took a picture of the list and sent it to me via text message. Among the m...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Season of Light

Season of Light Although light always plays an important part of our lives, I find myself focusing more on light during the season Advent and Christmas seasons. I enjoy seeing the little town where we live decorated with all the colored or white lights.  We live on a street where a family really enjoys that d...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O Come, O Come Emmanuel Music is such a part of life and, in a special way, this particular season of Advent.   Very often we will be singing the words to “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”  This song, so much a part of our tradition, lends itself to much reflection.  Even the introduction, which i...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Called to be present to one another

Called to be present to one another “The Church is a family of families, constantly enriched by the lives of all those domestic churches.” – Pope Francis   “Leave your country, your family and your father’s house, for the land I will show you”. This scripture passage from the book Genesis hold...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016